EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Public Infrastructure and Economic Development (2017)
Co-Learning Plan - 2017
Author: Dayne Walling, 21Performance
The Co-Learning Plan provides an analysis of federal, state and local policies designed to direct publicly funded infrastructure investments for strategic economic development purposes. Public policies from multiple levels of government are assessed based on factors such as geographic context, program criteria, economic impact, effects on equity, efficiency of job creation and investment leverage. Data is drawn from public documents, surveys and interviews with local and state officials from across the country, and policy staff in national and regional development associations. A framework is recommended for Michigan to address the state’s infrastructure crisis while also investing in economic development in order to move Michigan forward with true economic growth. In addition to adequate resources for implementation, the policy framework needs to have four features: a) an integrated infrastructure systems planning partnership; b) an infrastructure bank with a diverse portfolio; c) a set of flexible tools for economic development; d) incentives to increase area wide equity and sustainability.
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